May 28, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raider quarterback Matt Flynn at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Flynn is Humble, Says he Learned from Aaron Rodgers

Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) takes the snap at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raider Nation can question Matt Flynn’s ability to be a starting quarterback, but we cannot question his character.  Being seated behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay taught Flynn to be humble and to stay within himself.  He watched as Rodgers dealt with all the negative comments about him taking over for Brett Favre.  He marveled at the way Rodgers was able to remain focused on football while he let the bad stuff roll off of his chest.  Flynn learned how to lead a team by watching one of the best to play the game today.

No, it didn’t go so well for Flynn in Seattle.  He was expected the be the starter by the organization, and, more than likely, he expected himself to start.  Instead of letting what happened in Seattle encompass his life, Flynn treats it as a huge learning experience.  He admits that he was beat out by Russell Wilson, and he is thankful for the second chance he was given by the Oakland Raiders.  He is taking advantage of his opportunity this time.

He has displayed poise and control at training camp.  He commands the offense as he leads his team through drills.  While watching practice, it is apparent who the starter is, Matt Flynn.  The fact that he has been able to stay focused while dealing with the negative media is a testament to his fortitude.  Even Aaron Rodgers has praised Flynn.  In an interview conducted by NBC Sports, Rodgers said, “It was a tough situation in Seattle, but he’s got an opportunity in Oakland to do something great, and I’m really proud of him.  He’s got incredible mental and physical toughness.  He really understands the game and how to use his ability to get the ball to his teammates in good positions.  He’s a gamer-type, and you’ve seen that when he’s gotten a chance to play.”

Critics say that Oakland is not the best place for Flynn to prove himself, but I say they’re all wrong.  I think it’s the perfect place to prove himself.  If he’s able to return to the form he displayed in 2011 against the Detroit Lions, the Raiders will be a force to be reckoned with.  The Raiders are a team that desperately needs a quarterback to lead the offense down the field and score touchdowns.  This is what the Raiders have been lacking in the past 10 years.  Another element that has been missing is an offensive scheme built around the team.  Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson has vowed to build the best offense around the players he has.

With an offense built around the strengths that Matt Flynn has, the Raiders will give themselves the chance to win.  The only thing that Flynn really has to prove is his ability to lead the offense in the scheme provided to him, and his ability to help his team win the tough games.  If he is able to display these qualities, Matt Flynn may be a Raider for a long time to come.  One thing is for certain though, he remains cool, calm, and collected, when most others in his position would crumble.

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  • Ron Jones

    Hope he can do it! Another ex-Packer doing good.

  • Raider3

    I have a great feeling about not only Flynn, but the Raisers as a team.

  • DaNation818

    People say we picked up “no bodies” but I say we picked up nobody you want to play against. We will be a tough football team with the right mentality. Let’s go Raider Nation

  • Hawkman54

    Give a decent O line and he will succeed

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I like Flynn too, but he needs to find his groove. Hopefully he can start finding it tonight.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Nope, I say we picked up “some bodies” that are hungry and ready to break out themselves. Besides, it’s the nobodies that end up being somebodies in the end…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    The Raiders are definitely trying to get this line going. We should start to see some cohesion tonight.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    The Packers have been winning in recent years, so they are definitely doing something right up there. It’s our time to shine now though, Go Raiders!!!

  • JaKa

    It’s good to hear the thoughts on Flynn, being positive as well as knowing he seemingly can hang on as a starter, no matter what NFL team he’s playing for, it’s still the NFL. I liked him in Green Bay, from the 1st time he came out in pre-season, back when Brett Favre was still in town. He moved like a carbon copy of Favre, and as I sat far back from the TV, I didn’t notice for a long time that it wasn’t even Favre until I heard the announcer saying his name. I had to look twice at that, and sure enough he was moving the ball, in one of his best drives for Green Bay he ever did. He seemed to have the quick feet that Brett had. He was real fast on his feet when he needed to be, often a half-second ahead of a pass rusher to dodge the sack, and still pulling out of it with enough poise to finish off the play with a nice gain. That is what it’s all about in today’s NFL if you want to be a good quarterback. Yet, he had enough class not to wine about being behind someone. When he got the bugs out, and it can be easy to let yourself get like that, kind of having lost self worth and transferring the feeling of being 2nd best into your play. I think that happened in Seattle, and if Holmgren would have stayed there, he would have gotten the attitude right for him quick. Instead it had to play out, and get traded. Someone said the right thing to him in Oakland that helped assure him of knowing he could be his best, and screw up a few times on his way up there. I have to wish for nothing short of the best to him, and a bucket of W’s to carry around. When that gets behind him, he will be one of the best around. If they keep him a couple more years down there, he will have it no other way.

  • Raider3

    I kid you not, I thought the same thing the first time I saw Aaron Rodgers, I thought it was Favre in the game. Let’s cross our fingers and see how far he can take us.